Helsinki Day is a city-wide festival for everyone
HAM celebrates Helsinki Day with exceptional opening hours, programme and free entrance. You’re welcome to visit the museum for free on Sunday 11 June and on Monday 12 June.
Helsinki Day has been celebrated since 1959. Helsinki’s birthday is traditionally marked on 12 June, when the city is packed with a wide range of free-of-charge events organised by various local associations, companies, clubs, organisations and active residents.
In 2017 we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence, so Helsinki Day will actually take place over two days on 11 and 12 June 2017. Helsinki Day is part of the official Finland 100 programme in 2017.
Helsinki Day celebrations at HAM
Sunday 11 June
Opening hours: 11–19. Free entrance.
Guided thematic tour in Finnish to Modern life! at 2 pm. HAM’s curator Heli Harni talks about Finland and the World Fairs.
Monday 12 June
Exceptional opening hours: 11–19. Free entrance.
Guided tours and events:
11am and 1pm
Sculpted animals sculpture tour (in Finnish)
A sculpture tour for little ones of animal sculptures around the city centre with playing and singing. Children will hear facts and stories about sculptures, play animal-themed games and sing songs. This is a fascinating and fun art tour you can experience in a pushchair, baby carrier, by foot or even on a scooter. The route is about 3 km long and accessible. The tour is in Finnish. While it is suitable especially for children aged 3 to 8, children of all ages are welcome when accompanied by an adult. The Sculpted Animals sculpture tours are organised in collaboration by HAM Helsinki Art Museum, the City of Helsinki Library and the Annantalo Arts Centre (City of Helsinki Cultural Office).
The tour in Finnish will take approximately 75 minutes. The tour will start at HAM at the Tennis Palace in front of HAM Corner (Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8). The tour will end at Annantalo (Annankatu 30). Book your place on the free-of-charge sculpture tour in advance by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on (09) 310 87003 (Mon–Thu 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–3 p.m.). We will start taking bookings on Mon 5 June from 9 a.m.
Future Helsinki workshop at HAM Corner
HAM Corner, which is at street level at the Tennis Palace, will open its doors and invite visionaries of all ages to design and build the Future Helsinki installation. In the workshop you can take part in building a new cityscape from recycled materials. HAM Corner will also offer a virtual tour of the library of the future. You can try on a VR headset and take a peek inside Oodi, the new library being built on the Kansalaistori Square in the centre of the city. You can also drop in for a glass of juice, to make art with sidewalk chalk or just sit down and chill to the Helsinki Day music selected by our DJ. Virtual tours of Oodi are organised from 12 to 2 pm and 3 to 5 pm.
The programme at HAM Corner is organised by HAM Helsinki Art Museum and the City of Helsinki Library.
Exhibition opening of the Art Carousel summer camp with a musical performance by camp participants at the Jakomäki Library
HAM, Helsinki City Theatre and the music school Pohjois-Helsingin Bändikoulu come together to collaborate on the Art Carousel (Taidekaruselli) summer camp 5-9 June 2017. Primarily aimed at pupils of the Jakomäki Elementary School, the camp kicks off on the first week of summer holidays. Camp-goers get to create a theatre character, play instruments, sing, take photos, paint and print summer shirts. The camp culminates in building up an art exhibition together, opening at the Jakomäki Library on Helsinki Day 12 June. The exhibition opening with a musical performance by camp participants at the Jakomäki Library on Monday 12 June at 2pm.
3pm and 5pm
Bottoms in the City sculpture tour (in Finnish)
In the centre of Helsinki why are there so few sculptures of women with their clothes on? Bottoms in the City is a gender-critical but fun sculpture tour of the stories behind the sculptures of nude women in the centre of Helsinki, led by a guide from HAM. The tour will end at the Helsinki City Museum where beverages will be available. The visit will also include a presentation of Tapani Kokko’s sculpture exhibition and a short introduction to the HelSEXinki exhibition on gender and sexual equality. You can visit the museum on your own after the tour. The tour route is approximately 2 kilometres long. The route is accessible and the guide will speak Finnish. The tour is intended for adults. The Bottoms in the City sculpture tour will be organised in collaboration by HAM Helsinki Art Museum and the Helsinki City Museum.
Guided tour in Finnish. The tour will take approximately 75 minutes. The tour will start at Hotel Torni on the corner of the Kalevankatu and Yrjönkatu streets (Yrjönkatu 26). The tour will end at the Helsinki City Museum (Aleksanterinkatu 16). Book your place on the free-of-charge sculpture tour in advance by e-mail to email@example.com or by telephone from (09) 310 87003 (Mon–Thu 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–3 p.m.). We will start taking bookings on Mon 5 June at 9 a.m.